Posted by: groundsforsculpture | June 23, 2010

Arts Council of Princeton Presents Sculpture by Artist Chakaia Booker

Chakaia Booker, Phobic Digression, 2006, Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery

Don’t miss Terrace Project: Chakaia Booker set to close July 10, 2010. This exhibition at the Arts Council of Princeton is now showing concurrently with Grounds For Sculpture’s Eminent Domain exhibition. Eminent Domain features Ms. Booker’s sculpture in the Domestic Arts Building through September 19, 2010, but the Princeton exhibit is scheduled to close in July.

The Arts Council of Princeton is pleased to present Terrace Project: Chakaia Booker, an outdoor installation of sculptures by the artist Chakaia Booker. The exhibition will be on view on the Arts Council’s Michael Graves Terrace, adjacent to the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at the corner of Witherspoon Street and Paul Robeson Place, through July 10, 2010.

Chakaia Booker creates large-scale sculptures out of discarded truck, car, and bicycle tires. Formally inventive, rhythmic and imbued with enormous presence, the works are at once lyrical and powerful. Both the scale and the light-absorbing quality of the rich black sculptures make them ideal for display outdoors.

As a highly regarded artist and arts educator, in 2002 Ms. Booker was awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant, honoring artistic achievement. Her work, included in the collections of the Bronx Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Newark Museum and The Studio Museum of Harlem, among others, has been featured in museums, galleries, and sculpture gardens across the country, as well as in the Netherlands and Japan.


Chakaia Booker, Pass the Buck, 2008, Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery

Booker views herself as a “narrative environmental” sculptor whose work acknowledges the struggles and the victories in human aspirations and involvement. “My art focuses on social and cultural issues, on being female and on the creative diversity of found objects that are metamorphosed into works of art. The work expresses my observations of life.”

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Chakaia Booker received a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976 and her Masters in Fine Arts from the City College of New York in 1993. She currently lives and works in New York City. She is represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York.

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